The Tragedy of Khamlet: Or, The Klingon Hamlet

Did you know that Shakespeare has been performed in Klingon? The Klingon Hamlet is an adaptation of the play into the fictionalized language of Star Trek, published by the Klingon Language Institute.

The idea was inspired by this scene in Star Trek VI, where Chancellor Gorkon suggests that Shakespeare’s works are actually of Klingon origin and its English adaptations crude retellings:

The Klingon Language Institute has an ongoing project to translate the complete works of Shakespeare (or, Wil’yam Shex’pir as he is called in Klingon) and are presently translating Klingon adaptations of Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth.

If you’re wondering about the challenges of performing Shakespeare entirely in Klingon, check out the video below:


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